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Rice Cooker Pancakes: A Culinary AdventureNippon.com Staff

The first automatic rice cooker, or suihanki, debuted in Japan back in 1955. Since then, these revolutionary appliances have evolved to crank out an ever-more-perfect bowl of piping hot gohan. Understandably, developers have given precedence to Japan’s glutinous, white staple. Curiosity being what it is, though, a small band of gastronomic buccaneers have succeeded in showing the world that there …

Japanese Restaurant Named After Actor Mifune Opens in New York (News)

New York, July 13 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese restaurant bearing the name of legendary actor Mifune Toshirō opened in New York on Thursday, aiming to promote cuisine of the Asian country in one of the biggest cities in the world. Mifune New York is a five minutes' walk from Grand Central Station and also close to the UN headquarters. A lot of wooden materials are used in its walls and ceiling to…

Europe Embraces the Japanese Citron: One Village’s “Yuzu” Crusade

The delicate fragrance of the yuzu, or Japanese citron, has long been prized in Japanese cuisine. Now the West is discovering the culinary possibilities of this unique citrus fruit, thanks to a Spanish celebrity chef and the tenacious efforts of a small community in Kōchi Prefecture.

Japanese Restaurants On the Rise Abroad

The number of Japanese restaurants outside Japan reached 89,000 in July 2015, up sharply from 55,000 two years earlier. Many of these restaurants serve dishes that depart considerably from what the Japanese would consider to be traditional taste, though, and some see a need for measures—spearheaded by the Agriculture Ministry so far—to boost the quality of these overseas eateries.

Chopsticks in Japan

Chopsticks are used throughout East and Southeast Asia to gobble down everything from extravagant meals to simple homemade fare. The utensils are an integral aspect of dining in Japan, with a variety of social rules guiding proper usage. While daunting to the uninitiated, hashi are versatile tools for someone with even basic handling skills.

Yamadanishiki Reigns Supreme Among Sake-Brewing Rice Varieties

Japan’s sake brewers use more than 100 varieties of rice, but their favorite by far is Yamadanishiki. Here is a look at their reasons.

Eating Halal: Japanese Cuisine Becoming More Accessible to Muslim TouristsJames Singleton

Halal cuisine has become a hot topic in Japan—and not just by coincidence. The Japanese government has set a target of welcoming 20 million visitors annually by 2020, the year Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic games, and as the economies of Japan’s Asian neighbors continue to grow, travelers hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries possessing large Islamic populat…

Tying the Cultural Knot in the Kitchen: Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine

In the 110-odd years since the first mass immigration from Japan to Peru, the fusion of Japanese and Andean cultures has led to the growth of so-called Nikkei culture in a variety of areas, one of them being cuisine. We paid a visit to Inti Raimi, a Peruvian restaurant run by an Okinawan family that bears witness to the legacy of Japanese immigration to South America.

The Meeting of Spanish and Japanese TastesHosoda Haruko

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, lots of people will be shopping for chocolates. The original roots of chocolate lie in the pre-Hispanic civilizations of Mesoamerica. After conquering the Aztec Empire, Cortés took the cocoa bean back to with him Spain, after which it spread to the rest of Europe. In recent years, increasing numbers of women in Japan have been indulging in luxury cho…

The Elegance of the New Year Table (Photos)Uzawa Akihiko (Photographer)

Osechi ryōri cuisine is one of the highlights of traditional Japanese New Year celebrations. Every December, Kondō Fumio, proprietor of a Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo, spends 20 days preparing an elaborate osechi banquet. On New Year’s Eve, he brings it to the home of his late mentor, the novelist and gourmet Ikenami Shōtarō.

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